Plants ordered today will be shipped in the Spring 2023.

Hawthorn, Wild Form (Crataegus monogyna) potted tree, Organic

$20.00

Please note:  regarding 2023 hawthorn stock, the trees are on the small side.  Your tree will need to be planted up to a gallon pot and kept that way for a year before transplanting to the landscape.

Family: Rose (Rosaceae)

Hardy to Zones 4 to 8

Crataegus monogyna is a small to mid-sized deciduous thorny bush to small tree to 30 feet tall, although it can be kept trimmed to desired size and even does well as a hedgerow species. Tree prefers full sun to part shade and deep, moist to mesic soil of average fertility. No compost or fertilizer is needed or recommended.  Space trees 30 feet apart or if making into a hedgerow plant 5 feet apart.  A giving plant to bird and beast alike.  Traditional usage (TWM): maladies of the heart. Hawthorn is considered to be an adaptogen for the heart.  Tree has a beautiful fountaining habit, and the fruits are really good to eat fresh, dried, or in confections (but remove the seeds lest they remove a tooth).

2-year-old potted tree

 

 

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  1. Question

    normasceales

    Can I make a menstrum and or a shrub with the dry berries?
    What is one way you use the dry berries?
    Thanks

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hi Norma! One way is to make the tincture of whole dried berries. 1:5 (50A:40W:10GLY) Suggest reading page 190 of “Making Plant Medicine.”
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  2. Question

    Laura

    Hi
    Can Hawthorn, Wild Form (Crataegus monogyna) potted tree, Organic be grown in a pot? If so what size and do you recommend a plastic pot or the bags. I live in Massachusetts Zone 6a I plan to move from my current residence in the next couple of years so hoping I could keep it in a pot for a few years. Should I start with a smaller pot and then size up over time or just start in a large pot? Also could it live forever in a pot? In order to get the right location I may need to do that.

    Thank you very much in advance.

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hi Laura, Thanks for contacting. We’re currently sold out on wild hawthorn trees but will have them again in the spring. I recommend planting the seeds now in a gallon pot, or hitting waitlist and getting an established tree in spring. Anyhow, yes, the tree does well in pots. The salient factor is whether a tree sizes itself to the pot or tends to overgrow and then suffer–hawthorne sizes itself to the pot. Yes, it is best to work them up in successively larger pots. Start with a gallon pot, then 3 gallon, then go to a grow bag or 5 gallon pot. Eventually you might want to go to a half drum. That would be roomy enough for a multistemmed hawthorne that would flower nicely and bear fruit. richo

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  3. Question

    laura.mangels

    Are yields of hawthorn fruit (including wild form, but also others) increased with a second plant for cross-pollination? And if so, would it have to be two of the same species, or could two separate hawthorns species cross-pollinate? Thank you!

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hi Laura, hawthornes yield great without a pollinator. They are not only self-fertile, but apomictic, they do not hybridize. richo

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  4. Question

    Tina

    Hi, when will this Crataegus monogyna start to flower and fruit? Thank you.

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      hi tina, realistically, it will probably take 3 to 5 years. r

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    • Maria Gray

      I live in central Florida zone 9b will this plant grow in the zone>

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      hi maria, i want to say yes. we have these listed to a zone 9. reason being they can burn out with too much heat. maybe a shady or northern aspect? r

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  5. Question

    Justine

    I live in a windy dry area of s. California zone 9B. Would these plants do well here? I really want one for its heart health benefits.

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      hi justine, we have these listed only as hot as Zone 8. You’d probably only have luck with it in a shady and moist area protected from the wind. They are super tough, though. richo

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  6. Question

    Ashton (verified owner)

    What is the fragrance of hawthorn in bloom?

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hello Ashton, We get mixed reviews on this. Many consider it to be almond-like, sweet and dense. It is actually used quite frequently in perfumery. Others dislike it. It is a fragrance deep and pervasive, extraordinarily attractive to native pollinators. Richo

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  7. Question

    Kade Zeman

    i am interested in getting 2-5 trees. Is it economical to keep these trees in a greenhouse ( Walipini), at least from a labor perspective? Also, do you have any trees that have been carried over a year or two? If so, what are the prices?

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      hello kade, the trees are outdoor acclimatized and would soon outgrow your walipini. they are tough permaculture allies that are meant to be planted outdoors. They’re already 2-year-olds, some of them are 3-year-olds, you can request the largest tree available when ordering by using the “order comments” field at checkout. But for all practical purposes, once planted, these are all going to size up equally well. If you’re local, we can arrange for gallon size or larger trees, but these are too large to ship. richo

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  8. Question

    Jaime Goodman

    I’m interested in purchasing a particular variety of hawthorn called Crataegus pinnatifida. Can you help?

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      hello jaime, i believe that is the Chinese hawthorne, and its a good one. we used to have it and no longer have it. i don’t know where to get it, we have discontinued trade with china, they do not tend to follow usda guidelines. richo

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  9. Question

    Patrice Hunter

    HI there, Can I grow the English Hawthorne in a large pot at least for a while? I am in a townhouse and think the soil outside is sprayed. Thanks

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      hi patrice,
      definitely, i personally have quite a few of them in 5 gallon pots and they are very, very nice. Miniature, gnarly, full of flowers this year. r

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  10. Question

    Svetlana Petrowizky

    Do hawthorn flowers smell bad?

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      hello svetlena, this appears to be a matter of taste, where some people say they smell musty, while others describe the odor as sweetly vanilla-like. To a pollinator, it is a very attractive smell. I love making the tincture of hawthorn leaf and flower and find the scent quite nice. r

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  11. Question

    Heather

    Hi! Will you have any of these this year?

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hello Heather, I am sorry i don’t know the answer to that. We do have a nice planting but they are deeply rooted in and we may need to work with them next year not this year. Please hit “waitlist.” Richo

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    • Angela

      Hi Richo! Will you have any Hawthorn trees for sale this year for 2022? Thanks so much!

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      hi angela, the tree is purchase-able at this link, you can put it in your cart, i would not wait too long to do so, these are selling very fast. r

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  12. Question

    Stephanie

    What would happen if I tried to grow this beautiful tree in zone 9? San Diego, CA Mountain valley area.

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hello Stephanie, Some sources list this as an acceptable species all the way up to zone 11. I’ve tried to be conservative about recommending Crataegus monogyna in warmer winter areas because my experience is that they are healthier when they get a cold winter dormancy. If as the name “mountain valley” suggests you do have treed slopes then this might be a better habitat for a hawthorne tree than say a desert valley floor with alkaline soils. It might make sense to visit a local nursery and see which if any hawthornes are being provided for local planting–there may be more heat-tolerant species and cultivars out there. Richo

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    • Adrienne

      Hey there! How old are these $15 potted hawthorn plants?

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hello Adrienne, These are currently marked out of stock because they are in the field and haven’t been set to pots. 4-year-olds. hit “waitlist” and as soon as we have something we think will work well for you, we’ll enable and an e-mail will go out to you so you can order. richo

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  13. Question

    Francis-Olive Hampton (verified owner)

    Hi there. I am wondering when these will be shipped out?

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hello F-O, we do have some hawthorne tree resources, including very large potted “monogyna” and field-grown “laevigata.” We’re still trying to figure out how we’re going to get these to people. We will try to represent them in the spring/summer catalog. stay tuned. r

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  14. Question

    Kira

    Are either of the hawthorn varieties you offer suitable for espalier? I’m hoping to train one at least semi-flat to a trellis with schisandra on either side. Not sure if the wood is at all flexible, or if they would take to that type of pruning. (Zone 6 NY)

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hi Kira,
      Thanks for staying in touch. The wood of hawthorn is extremely flexible and the plant can be trained extensively. I think the downside could be that it tends to resprout with multiple stems from any cut so you’d end up pruning it frequently. However I do not think this is a stopper. I worked with hawthornes throughout the winter and early spring. I had a whole field of them. I had to prune them back hard in order to send them to people, as they were already shoulder-high in the field and it would have made the boxes too long to send them without pruning. But I planted a number of the heavily-pruned trees in 3-gallon containers in order to assess how they came out of the heavy pruning, and what I found was, that they were able to thrive, and many of them sent out a primary leader that is now, again, shoulder-high. You can choose any branch you like and tie it back to a trellis and get it to do pretty much anything you want. Richo

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    • Diana Anzalone

      Does this plant grow in tropical countries?

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      Richo Cech

      Many people ask that. I think that it does not. Reason being, it is strongly deciduous and stays healthy by means of sleeping through the winter.

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  15. Question

    Maria O’Brien

    Will this be back in stock this year?
    Hawthorn, Wild Form (Crataegus monogyna

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Maria, I believe it will be. Hit “waitlist.” As an alternative, the Crataegus monogyna are currently in stock and they are a really good deal at $15.00 for a tree in a 9-inch pot. They are nicely formed-up 5-year-olds.
      Richo

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    • Lourdes Gilloon

      Do you have the crataegus monogyma plant ready to ship?
      I would like to receive 2-3 please

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Not really, all I have are very large ones in 3-gallon pots, too heavy to ship

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  16. Question

    Julie Charette Nunn

    Are these Hawthorne trees available right now? Thanks

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    • Richo Cech

      Admin Richo Cech

      No, we won’t have potted wild hawthorn again for some time. In the spring of 2020 we are going to be shipping large bareroot wild hawthorn (waist high or so, with thick trunks like your thumb) and they will be $30.00 apiece.

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    • Hibiscus

      Do these grow in doors?

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    • Richo Cech

      Admin Richo Cech

      Hello,
      These can be grown indoors in a greenhouse but not indoors on a coffee table.
      r

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    • Angelita

      Is this wild variety a good type of medicinal Hawthorne

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      The very best. Hit “waitlist.”

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  17. Question

    Windy

    What size are these?

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    • Richo Cech

      Admin Richo Cech

      About 18 inches, now on 4/5/19 budding out so we can find the best ones. r

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    • Lyn Romero

      Hi Richo! Can you please let me know if you’ll have Crataegus monogyna and C. oxyacantha (or C. laevigata) available for Fall shipment? I tried to order yesterday (May 15) but you’re already out of stock for Spring shipment. So, now I’ll hope to plant in the Fall. I live in northern Colorado, so I believe planting dormant plants at that time should work ok. Thanks a bunch! Lyn

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    • Diana

      Diana

      Hi Lyn,
      English Hawthorn Trees are not out of stock. Here’s the link https://strictlymedicinalseeds.com/product/hawthorn-english-crataegus-oxyacantha-syn-crataegus-laevigata-potted-tree/
      These are very nice and are recommended. Regarding wild hawthorn, I have a large production area of C. monogyna and am planning to dig trees spring of 2019, so Crataegus monogyna will be available at that time. I will probably be shipping bare-root, as the roots are too large to fit in a pot.
      Richo

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  18. Question

    Justine

    I am trying to decide what Hawthorn tree to buy. We live in MN (twin cities) and we would like to groom it to be more of a tree than a shrub. I also will be harvesting the fruit for herbal medicine. Which do you recommend?

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    • Richo Cech

      Admin Richo Cech

      I recommend the English Hawthorne.

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  19. Question

    Lizzie-Pascale

    Hi, is this also known as a sloe tree? I’m English and trying to find slow bushes to grow for home made sloe gin. Many thanks Lizzie

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    • Richo Cech

      Admin Richo Cech

      Hi Lizzie-Pascale,
      It is a delight to hear from you. Sloe is Blackthorn (Prunus spinosa) which has naturalized in our Eastern states. Depending on where you are, you may be able to find it in the wild. We don’t have it. I seem to remember that gin is sometimes flavored with Juniper berries, which herbalists know to be a powerful urinary antiseptic. But that’s not Sloe.
      Richo

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  20. Question

    Toni Dela Cruz

    How big is one plant on sale?
    How tall it will grow?
    Is the plant perennial or annual?
    Where is your store located?
    I live in NJ and would like to order few plants.
    Will it grow in NJ?

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    • Richo Cech

      Admin Richo Cech

      Hello Toni,
      If you double-click on the photo that brings up our monograph that describes this perennial tree that grows to about 30 feet and is hardy to your zone. We are located in southern oregon and we ship plants throughout the US. Our potted hawthornes are 3-year-olds at about 18 inches, solid stock. richo

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  21. Question

    cheryl kemp

    Does Hawthorne require cross pollenation or self fertile?

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    • Richo Cech

      Admin Richo Cech

      Hi Cheryl,
      They are self-fertile and pollinated freely by gnats and other small flying insects. It is quite impressive in-season to see what the flowers attract! Soon enough they become the globular clusters of fruits that we so highly esteem in heart health.
      Richo

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  22. Question

    Susan

    Wondering if the deer would be likely to destroy this. And is this an evergreen? Thanks!

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    • Richo Cech

      Admin Richo Cech

      Hello Susan, Hawthorn is deciduous and very deer tolerant–the thorns help protect it.
      Richo

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    • irasema

      hola envian las plantas a laredo tx 78046, y que costo tiene

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    • Richo Cech

      Admin Richo Cech

      Hola, sí, enviamos plantas a Texas. Haga su pedido en línea en http://www.strictlymedicinalseeds.com
      Todos los costos pueden ser revisados ​​antes de la finalización.

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  23. Question

    Wonshe

    What size is the container of the crataegus monogyna tree you sell ? What size is the tree itself?

    Thanks so very much!

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    • Richo Cech

      Admin Richo Cech

      Hello Wonshe,
      Trees are generally kept in the 5 inch deep pot and generally 12 to 18 inches tall. Our policy is to give the best plant first, so your best approach in attaining largest stock is to order early.
      Richo

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    • Wyatt

      How long does it take for these trees to fruit?

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    • Richo Cech

      Admin Richo Cech

      Hello Wyatt,
      Under ideal circumstances, considering that the trees we sell are already 3-year-olds, maybe another 3 years or so.
      Richo

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    • Christa

      I am in North western part of TN some times called the upper south grow zone what type of hawthorn would grow best here?

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    • Richo Cech

      Admin Richo Cech

      Either the wild form or the English–either one.

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    • Steve B

      Hello, I have a planting location that is a South exposer with summer shade in the mid afternoon – zone 9 with a slight effect of zone 8. Would it be likely to successfully grow the English Hawthorn.

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    • Richo Cech

      Admin Richo Cech

      Hello Steve,
      I get this question a lot and I wish I had experience trying to grow medicinal hawthornes in zones 8 and 9. I mean, there’s really no harm in trying, but it is warmer than the plant is listed for, and the trees may suffer. Shade and plenty of water would be helpful.
      Richo

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    • Kristie Reed

      I’m looking for a hawthorn for zone 7a, Oklahoma. The smaller the better. Main use is to make teas. What would you suggest?

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hi Kristie,
      Yes, I would suggest the English Hawthorn (Crataegus laevigata/oxyacantha) potted tree. It is smaller right now and can be trimmed back as it grows. Don’t forget the value of the leaves and flowers for making tea–much easier to make tea with those than with the berries.
      Richo

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    • Mario

      Hi, would hawthorn live and hopefully flourish in zone 10a-b?

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hi Mario,
      I get this question frequently and am unsure of how well hawthorne will grow and thrive in very warm zones. You can try one of our wild hawthorne trees and see–if any tree can survive, this one will!
      Richo

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